This mornings southerly produced a very quiet early morning sea watch:
06.25-07.25 from the sea watch hide with BB,LG & AJG who collated the numbers:
Red-throated Diver: 32 up 3 down
Fulmar: 2 up 2 down
Gannet: 8 down
Oystercatcher: 6 up
Mediterranean Gull: 1 down
Kittiwake: 7 up 11 down
Guillemot: 1 up
Auk sp: 11 up
1w Iceland Gull behind The Patch after the disappointing sea watch
1 of the 2 Long-eared Owls
On the reserve the Long-eared Owls were enjoying the warmth of the morning sunshine. By the New Excavations a Water Rail was skulking along with a Cetti's Warbler.
At Christmas Dell another Cetti's Warbler and a Chiffchaff of note. Denge Marsh produced 2 Great White Egrets and 2 Marsh Harriers.
1 of 4 seen around the reserve this morning
Early afternoon a fine drake Hooded Merganser was found at Hookers. I eventually got on to it after making the mistake of wandering off to look elsewhere for it when it went missing after it's initial discovery. A really smart bird, unfortunately it does carry a green ring (see the last image).
Late afternoon I walked along the causeway between Burrowes and the New Diggings, the 2 Slavonian Grebes and the Black-necked Grebe could be seen easily from there, also 2 Chiffchaffs and feeding flock of 22 Reed Buntings.